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Flank pain

I am having pain right below my right breast. What could it be? I am a 48 year old female that is not pregnant or nursing.
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1594482 tn?1297955571
im confused. your topic is flank pain... flank is usually at the back side. are you referring to subcostal area? can you be more specific?
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Actually, the pain is right below my breast on the right side as I look down. It is not in my flank region. I'm sorry I got confused. It aches on and off.
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My aunt had the same problem and she thought it was cancer and it could be but her problem had something to do with caffeine if you have a lot of it that could be the reason i would strongly suggest to get it checked tho...Good luck!
351246 tn?1379685732
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Welcome to the MedHelp forum!
A step wise approach is needed to diagnose pain under right rib cage (just below your right breast—it may be on the flank side). If you have pain under your right rib then there could be a liver infection, pancreatitis, or a gall bladder problem. Get a liver function test, ultrasound or CT of abdomen, and pancreatic enzymes. It can also be due to acidity and duodenal ulcer. Take a late night snack. Raise head end of bed. Take Omeprazole empty stomach in morning and an antacid gel at bedtime. Refrain from smoking, alcohol, fuzzy drinks and spicy food. Walking around also helps clear gas. It could also be muscle pull that can be treated by applying local analgesic creams. It could also be costochondritis, which causes pain and tenderness at points where your ribs attach to your breastbone.  The inflammation around the joint area gives sharp pain on taking a breath. This can also cause tenderness on pressing the area which pains. An orthopedic doctor can diagnose this for you. Generally there is no cause. However it can be due to infection, blow, injury, or fibromyalgia. It usually goes away on its own. Otherwise it can be treated with muscle relaxants, and non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs. It can also be muscle pull. Shingles can also start this way. Pain under right ribs with gas can be due to any inflammatory bowel disease like Celiac or Crohn’s, IBS or due to food intolerance. If all these are ruled out, then laproscopy should be done. Such an undiagnosed pain is usually due to adhesions and cutting the adhesions takes care of the pain. Pain under right rib case can also be due to pleurisy, asthma, or any other lung problems. Usually this is accompanied by lung related symptoms like breathlessness, cough etc. Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please discuss with your doctor once. Hope this helps. Take care!
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